Thinking about going on a crash diet to get rid of the belly fat? As a girl in her teens, this isn’t a wise thing to do. You’ll be denying your body the nutrients it needs to develop your brain, body, and bones. The calories that you think are bad are also what help you stay focused in the classroom.
Healthy Calorie Consumption
Losing weight isn’t about losing weight in one specific part of your body. When you lose fat, it leaves your entire body. However, belly fat leaves at a higher rate when you change what you eat when you eat, and how much exercise you do.
As a teenager, you’re burning up to 2400 calories every day depending on how active you are. The trick to losing your weight isn’t cutting yourself off from all calories – you just need to eat less calories than you use.
Instead of cutting down on your overall food consumption, try getting rid of food that doesn’t have other nutrients with the calories.
Get Rid of Sugar and Other Refined Grain
Any food that has a high sugar content or refined grains like most products made of white flour can cause you to go way over the limit with your calories. They don’t fill you up when you eat them either, which makes you more likely to overeat. Cookies, muffins, pasta and white bread are all sources of belly fat.
Another huge source of sugar is any form of soda like coke or another brand. They contain high fructose corn syrup, one of the main contributors to fat when consumed regularly. If you get a soda when you go out to eat, you’re opening yourself up to an extra 400 calories!
We Like to Move It Move It
When trying to get rid of belly fat, exercise is a crucial part of the efforts.
The more you move, the more calories you burn. Keep your intake less than your burn, and you’re golden. You don’t have to be the best person at P.E. for this either. Walking home from the bus stop, riding a bike or even dancing to music in your room are all great ways to get the calories to burn.
Stress-free is Fat-Free
Stress is one of the main contributors to belly fat in teenagers today. When schoolwork has you stressed out, your hormones are going to go crazy. They will increase the amount of fat you store, especially in your belly.
In addition to this, stress contributes to insomnia (as does texting). If you get too little sleep, your hormones will cause your appetite to grow. Overeating or indulging in cravings will become normal for you. Comfort food like ice cream will be your go-to late night snack.
Managing your weight isn’t something that you can do in a night, nor can you maintain weight lost forever without putting in effort to do so every single day. Your expectation should be for a gradual reduction.
You should be ready to put in the work needed to make the fat stay off your tummy. Above all else, try to focus on the things that matter. Don’t let yourself feel under pressure to stay skinny – it is the single biggest cause of teenage stress (and even depression!).